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Woman Not Being Able To Walk, Partners Up With A Blind Man To Go On A Hiking Trip: ‘He’s The Legs, I’m The Eyes’

Woman Not Being Able To Walk, Partners Up With A Blind Man To Go On A Hiking Trip: ‘He’s The Legs, I’m The Eyes’

If you want to achieve something in this world, there is no power that can stop you as long as you have the determination. This is something that has been proved by the duo of Melanie Knecht and Trevor Hahn’s hiking story.

1. A Perfect Team!

 

 

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Melania Knecht and Trevor Hahn have set new records with their unique duo.  The pair has been trending on all the latest social media news for all the right reasons.  Knecht was born with Spina bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around while Hahn lost his eyesight due to glaucoma five years ago. Together they have everything that is required for a hiking trip. The duo first met in adaptive exercise classes and since then they have been exploring mountains and trails of Colorado.  

2. Planning A Hiking Trip

 

 

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Meeting in adaptive exercise classes, Knecht and Hahn bonded quickly because they both shared the love of outdoor sports since then the pair started hiking together. The pair is the perfect example of teamwork. During trekking, Hahn carries Knecht in a secure harness on his back, and Knecht gives verbal directions to guide him along the trail. 

3. Documenting Their Journey On Instagram

 

 

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The hiking buddies share their experience with the world through their Instagram account where they document their adventures @hiking_with_sight.  On their Instagram profile, the duo explains their journey as “a journey of purpose between two friends, one who cannot see and one who cannot walk.

4. Bearing Huge Responsibility

 

 

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The pair is very well aware of the fact that they both bear huge responsibility and their hiking trips are full of responsibility and danger.  Hahn who is working with his pal Melanie Knecht to climb a fourteener, a mountain that's over 14,000 feet says, "If I fall, she falls."  Talking to  GMA, in a recent interview, Knecht said,  “It just seemed like common sense. He’s the legs, I’m the eyes — boom! Together, we’re the dream team.” While Hahn told 5280, “This way, we both have purpose and this huge responsibility."
 

5. Bonding Over The Love Of Outdoor Sports

 

 

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Talking to KDVR, Hahn said that after losing his eyesight to glaucoma, he continued his passion for outdoor sports, relying on adaptive techniques like following the sound of a bell. But it all seemed meaningless and less fun to him.  He said, “But it didn’t really give me a purpose. Like, I was just following this bell. It would be really cool if I could have a purpose on the trail.” Now that he has found a partner who shares his passion with him.  For Hahn, it seems like he has found his purpose again. He told GMA, “It made me so happy to help someone experience what I’ve been able to experience my whole life. Just getting on top of a mountain, a car can’t get to it, you just feel that sense of accomplishment. The best part is being able to make her smile. That gives me purpose.”
 
  

6. Enjoying The Best Days Of Their Lives!

 

 

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For Knecht, the best part of the experience is that, even if for a little while, she is able to ditch her wheelchair. She says, “I’ve been in a wheelchair my whole life, and it’s an amazing feeling to leave it literally miles behind on the trail. I even couldn’t get in it if I wanted to, and that’s a great feeling.”
 

7. Hiking a fourteener — a mountain that’s over 14,000 feet tall

 

 

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According to the duo, the next stop for their adventure is Hiking a fourteen,  a mountain that’s over 14,000 feet tall. The pair plan to start their journey in the coming August.  

8. The Most Important Tool Of Their Partnership Is "Communication"

 

 

 

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Knecht told 5280 of training for their biggest climb yet and added that the most important tool of their journey is "communication." She said, “I’m trying to warn him about obstacles far in advance, but also tell him if he’s about to trip on a rock or root in that moment. I have to interrupt myself to give directions.”

Hahn added, “It takes a lot of teamwork. If I fall, she falls.”

9. Advice For Friends And Families With Disabilities

 

 

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Talking to GMA, Knecht further added a piece of advice for people who have friends and family with disabilities. She said, “Ask questions of people with disabilities, to see what they like and what they want to do. Don’t include them because you think they won’t be able to do something."

 

10. Internet Lauded The Pair For Their Courage And Teamwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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